Sana’a : Removal of Saudi-Led Coalition from UN Blacklist ‘Ineradicable Crime’

A member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council censured the United Nations over its decision to remove the Saudi-led coalition from a blacklist for killing and injuring children in the conflict-plagued Arab country, saying the crime that cannot be effaced from its record.

“Delisting Saudi Arabia from the annual UN report confirms the chaos in the world body and its disregard for humanitarian standards,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page on Tuesday.

He denounced the UN’s step as an “Ineradicable crime”, adding it took place at the same time as Saudi Arabia and the United States perpetrated a new massacre in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

“Taking Saudi Arabia off from the UN’s annual report on children in conflict coincides with a new massacre, committed by Saudi Arabia and the US in Sa’adah province, resulted in the death of 13 citizens, including children and women, were killed,” he said in another tweet.

Al-Houthi considered that removing the Saudi-led military coalition from a United Nations blacklist confirms the chaos of the United Nations and its disregard for humanitarian standards. “This is a crime that only regression can erase.”

The Yemeni official was referring to the Saudi-led air raids that targeted a civilian car in Sa’ada on Monday, killing 13 people, including women and children.

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Amnesty International was the first human rights organization that denounced the decision of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to remove the Saudi coalition from the blacklist of entities that committed abuses against children.

The organization said in a statement on Monday night that excluding the countries waging war on Yemen from the blacklist questioned its mechanism.

Amnesty International did not find a justification for the decision, and alluded to the United Nations yielding to pressure from the countries of coalition, saying “Perhaps Guterres was hoping that the media would be busy and that no one noticed this political move with distinction.”

The UN resolution coincided with the Saudi coalition’s committing a new massacre in Yemen which killed four children among 13 civilians when two coalition airstrikes hit a car on Shada district highway in Sa’adah province on Monday.

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took away the Saudi-led coalition engaged in an atrocious military campaign against Yemen from a blacklist, several years after it was first named and shamed for killing and injuring children in the impoverished country.

The move prompted immediate protests from human rights groups worldwide.

Jo Becker, the advocacy director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, argued that Guterres “is adding a new level of shame to his ‘list of shame’ by removing the Saudi-led coalition and ignoring the UN’s own evidence of continued grave violations against children”.

Adrianne Lapar, director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, also stated by removing the Saudi-led coalition “the secretary-general sends the message that powerful actors can get away with killing children”.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in order to bring former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crush Houthi Anssarallah movement.